11 June 2019
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters”. – Epictetus
Epictetus knew rough times. He was born a slave. He spent his youth as a slave in Rome, indentured to a wealthy freedman who was the secretary to Nero (that’s the real Nero, not Mr H). Epictetus gained his freedom, moved to Rome, and became an educated man, steeped in the traditions of stoic philosophy. His was the ultimate rags to riches story. A man of tremendous will power and perseverance. But he was never two down through fifteen in the last 16 of the Barton….
Round of 16. Further than ever before. Elm Park. Once more to the well. Fifth time now. Crawley and Cahill. Fifteen holes in. Elm Park easing their foot on to the neck and gearing up to press down on the windpipe. The Knock looking like Carlo Brigante, dying on a subway floor, full of bullets- “Last call for drinks”. The response? Three straight pars on the toughest part of the course. That’s what this panel does- it reacts when it matters. When the need was greatest, Elm Park looked up and were exposed to the full wattage of the Knock. They shrank from the brightness of the light.
Aristotle once said that we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. This is an excellent team. Winning is a habit too. The last 8. Dare to dream.
Report from John Newcombe, Interclub Director.
Castleknock successfully hosted the Barton Shield qualifying round last Saturday with 24 Teams seeking to qualify for Sunday’s semi-final match play.
Castleknock’s Warren Ryan and David Coughlan shot an excellent score of 76 only to be followed by Paul Coughlan and Ian O Connell who shot a level par 72 leaving us to qualify in 2nd place.
On Sunday we played Roganstown in the semi-final and had an emphatic victory with the highlight been an outstanding round by Paul and Ian who carded 1 Eagle and 7 birdies in a wonderful display of foursomes golf.
On Sunday in front of a large supporting crowd, we played the island in the regional Final and despite a great effort from all the lads we just came up short
This was an outstanding achievement by such a young team up against the cream of Leinster golf and definite foundations have been made to go 1 better next year.
On Monday night Castleknock hosted Elm Park in the last 16 of the Barton Cup. This is our 1st ever appearance at this stage of the competition and the team didn’t disappoint with a hard fought 3.5-1.5 win over high quality opposition.
Special mention must go to Martin Cahill and Peter Crawley who despite being 2 down with 3 to play won the last 3 holes to sink the winning putt.
This was a great performance by all members of the team who can now look forward to a quarterfinal clash with either the K Club or Moyvalley on a date to be confirmed.
Jimmy Bruen Shield.
Focus shifts this weekend to the Jimmy Bruen qualifying which takes place next Saturday morning in Kilcock Golf club. The format is foursomes Strokeplay with 4 qualifying for match play on Sunday. Captains Lorcan Brophy and Garrett Cooke have assembled an extremely strong panel which includes a number of our successful Barton Cup team. Best wishes to all the lads and hopefully they can keep the good run going.